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The German Counteroffensive and the Drive to the Roer River, 16 December 1944–22 February 1945

William C. Sylvan and Francis G. Smith

in Normandy to Victory

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780813125251
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135038 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125251.003.0006
The German Counteroffensive and the Drive to the Roer River, 16 December 1944–22 February 1945

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This chapter reports the German counteroffensive, on which, according to a captured order signed by Von Rundstedt, the enemy was gambling its life. It notes that according to Von Rundstedt, the fate of the German nation depended upon the success or failure of this savage blow directed at the VIII Corps. The chapter tells of the order coming from General Eisenhower for distribution to every man in the AEF [Allied Expeditionary Force], and stating that the counteroffensive was the last supreme effort of the enemy, and ordering the AEF to hold fast as the power to bring the war quickly to an end was near. It notes that the Boche still had considerable strength in the Ninth Army sector and reveals two captured orders which bore instructions of taking no prisoners “except a few officers,” who were to be taken promptly back to headquarters for questioning.

Keywords: German counteroffensive; Von Rundstedt; VIII Corps; General Eisenhower; AEF; Boche; Ninth Army

Chapter.  40353 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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